INDUSTRY 4.0 …… The Next Industrial Revolution

Industry 4.0 is now deemed the next Industrial revolution and is facilitating what some are calling the Age of Technological Disruption. This is being driven by the emergence of new advanced technologies generating new forms of innovation and industrial disruption.

In the last, the 3rd industrial revolution (from 1970 until now) we have added significant computerization to our manufacturing and business processes.

But we still have many environments in industry where humans are trapped as the prime interface between our processes and the computer using keyboards and bar codes and primitive scanners

This has so far made us slaves to the computer.

In INDUSTRY 4.0 we will employ Cyber-Physical Systems that will eliminate the human interface with sensors and smarter systems… so we then will have the “Computers working for us …. NOT us for the computers”

So, these Cyber-Physical Systems will eliminate the burden of managing computers by humans and allow direct linkage between the computers and the process.

A Cyber-physical system uses “SMART” Connectivity, Sensor Technology, and advanced computer networks, to place computers much more directly and seamlessly into our processes so we can eliminate transactional waste and solve some of the major interface issues between computers and process management. This will also allow us to redeploy human skills much more toward improving our processes and further evolving how we do business and how to better satisfy our customers.

It will enable the “Smart Factory” concept to be conceived and start us on a journey toward a new factory of the future using new and disruptive technologies that will drive the next industrial revolution many are now calling INDUSTRY 4.0

These Disruptive Technologies such as cyber physical systems, advanced robotics, smart sensors, Big data, The Industrial Internet of things (IIOT), and Additive Manufacturing/3D printing will all impact and participate to improve future business operating processes.

A recent industrial study indicates that 70% of business leaders in North America are looking at how to embrace the INDUSTRY 4.0 environment, and are revisiting both Continuous Improvement (CI) and Disruptive Technologies as strategic differentiators.

The goal is to further improve operating processes and better harmonize future products and processes to achieve more integrated, waste free and sustainable products, processes and services to meet customer expectations.

The application of INDUSTRY 4.0 and these disruptive technologies has a global current market size specific to the manufacturing industry of about $3.9 Trillion and is rapidly growing with investments predicted to exceed $60 trillion during the next 15 years.

Advanced Manufacturing has been a continuum but the integration of these new disruptive technologies constitutes a near perfect storm to change the face of business industry and manufacturing into the next decade.

3D printers now becoming highly capable in both plastic and metal is driving change in how and where manufacturing will be undertaken, and is providing many opportunities for both Rapid prototyping and hi performance tooling strategies to re-life traditional industries and breed new industries.

New printable materials in composites and food materials as well as bone and organ building blocks will take this technology into many sectors that will touch the population far more directly and at the point of use than traditional manufacturing. It will aid the thought process of manufacturing being more effective when it is local to the customer.

Advanced Robotics means linking traditional computerized machine and automation technology with smart sensor systems and we are witnessing this technology growth as defined by the upturn in the shipments of industrial robots of all types.

These smart sensor systems are being described as “Cyber Physical Systems” because they place the computer power even more in control of the process without human intervention and solve some of the major interface issues between computers and process management. These systems using networking technologies, sensors and using connected computing devices with integrated analytics has tremendous possibilities of effectively and cost efficiently managing a broad scope of physical assets, such as buildings, vehicles, machinery, equipment and inventory.

Computer technology in the last few years has taken a huge leap forward in terms of computing power measured in operations per second and operate upon enough massive multiple algorithms much faster than human thought with almost the same level of complex logic and decision capability. This will generate enough information density and complex algorithm management to become a form of artificial intelligence.

This improved computing power will also enable computing systems to handle what some are calling “Big Data” such that everything we want to know about a subject or event can be stored as a complete body of knowledge and used at will.

Although the technical term is “connectivity” the general public is embracing the Internet of Things and its industrial version the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

This is suggesting that devices and therefore the knowledge they carry will be “connected” more than ever before…

Again, it’s about information and knowledge at the point of use in real time…

The other disruptor is the “globalization of Ideas” via collaborative and connected platforms that allow remote interaction and is breeding a cloud based mentality and crowd sharing of resources/skills/knowledge and funds in a very interactive manner. The control of Intellectual Property may become an issue, but in principal the globalization of ideas is far more sustainable than the globalization of manufacturing and materials.

In principal Industry 3.0 was taking a factory and adding computers to improve automation and control… but the interface with computers has been a challenge…. Now with smart sensors and improved computing power and new processes that are inherently more computer driven we can better connect the computers and the process together without human interfaces or intervention.

Such dreams of autonomously self-guiding vehicles and processes that use sensors to eliminate transactions will allow factory designers to take the whole business process to the next level…

Much discussion is now under way that predicts that manufacturing certainly when re-capitalized will be geographically closer to the customer with much shorter supply chains and may also be organized into industrial clusters within a certain trade bloc.

So, these technological disruptors are now leveling the manufacturing playing field between so called low cost labor countries and mature or developed countries, where serving the local customer in the most sustainable manner is the most important value proposition. When the labor component is removed through INDUSTRY 4.0 any advantage of low cost labor is far less important. The real drivers for success will be how close you can get to the customers demand and how LEAN and GREEN is the business process.

For some of us this has been a long journey from the start of INDUSTRY 3.0 when we first started to use computers in manufacturing in the mid-1960s.

For most of us it will still be … are we there yet?

We have a few leaders in the Canadian Industrial community that are worth a mention and we develop our factories of the future….

Peytec Inc at has developed a range of Cyber Physical readers and smart tags that can accurately manage position and analytics through a wide range of integrated sensors that will eliminate the need for operating transactions in all forms,

MEMEX at offers a sophisticated work-cell data management system that provides a complete computerized solution for monitoring and improving work-cell OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)

Westburne Electric has assembled a complete partner team of IIOT/Cyber Physical experts and will be offering an Industry 4.0 readiness survey to its manufacturing clients to support the journey to the factory of the future.


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Canada Makes year in review and season greetings

Canada Makes Season GreetingsAs 2017 comes to a close Canada Makes would like to thank its members for their support and wish them happy holidays and a merry Christmas. Canada’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) sector continued growing and garnering more interest this past year. Companies from diverse sectors are investigating how best to adopt and take advantage of the benefits AM offers. Innovative new ways of making things are happening, ensuring 2018 is a year full new and exciting AM applications.

Here is a recap of the past year’s major AM stories from across Canada. In reviewing the stories it is obvious that Canada’s additive manufacturing sector took a big step in building a world-class AM supply chain.

Canada Makes 3D Challenge
Canada Makes launches National 3D Challenge for Canada’s students Published


Two major announcements highlight Canada Makes Forum Published

Canada Makes at Formnext Published

Canada Makes announces 1000 users from around the World for its Metal Additive Guide Published

Precision ADM Receives ISO13485 Medical Device Certification Published

AP&C unveils new state-of-the-art additive manufacturing facility in Saint-Eustache Published

Quebec to Open Its First Medical 3D Printing Centre Published

ICTC Releases Additive Manufacturing: The Impending Talent Paradigm Published

Burloak Advances Heat Exchanger Technology Published

Taking the Lead in Additive Manufacturing conference: A great success Published

UNB Launches Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence Published

Example for topology optimisation – skateboard axle mounting, manufactured with LBM (Source: Fraunhofer IWU) Design for additive manufacturing: Guidelines & case studies for metal AM

Design for additive manufacturing: Guidelines & case studies for metal AM Published

State-of-the-art equipment for innovative AM research at McGill University Published

Canada Makes, Edmit & MDA team up for innovative space application parts Published

Canada Makes releases the Metal Additive Design Guide Published

Calgary’s Cassidy Silbernagel repeats as winner of Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2017 Published

Burloak Technologies purchased by Samuel Son & Co. Published

AMM partners with the UNB and CanmetMaterials for hybrid builds in additive manufacturing Published

Over $32 million investment by GoC for the University of Waterloo Published

Burloak announces two new Renishaw AM400s and Invar 36 as a standard material Published

SONAMI receives $7.3 million to promote advanced manufacturing and 3D printing Published

Best wishes for the coming new year!

InnoTech Alberta joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce InnoTech Alberta as its newest member. InnoTech Alberta offers facilities to support technology scale-ups and a range of testing capabilities. Both Canada Makes and InnoTech Alberta share a common goal of helping accelerate technology development that serves diverse sectors of the economy, making this partnership a winning proposition.

“The addition of InnoTech Alberta offers Canada Makes a strong link in Alberta and we welcome the expertise they bring to our network,” said Frank Defalco, Manager, Canada Makes. “This new partnership between Canada Makes and InnoTech Alberta will help bridge knowledge and expertise with companies looking to innovate and adopt additive manufacturing.”

“InnoTech Alberta is supporting Alberta industries to grow additive manufacturing capability to revolutionize innovation and enhance product performance,” said Tonya Wolfe, Senior Metallurgical Engineer, InnoTech Alberta. “The goal is to de-risk the technology and provide local manufacturers with the necessary tools to integrate additive manufacturing in their production streams. Being a part of the Canada Makes family will further support Albertan companies to be competitive.”

Canada Makes supports InnoTech Alberta as it looks to attract the world’s most innovative companies to the province with initiatives like the recently announced $10 million investment to help create the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre (ACCTC). The new facility will test breakthrough technologies that convert CO2 from harmful emissions into applications for everyday use. Additive manufacturing can play a big role in helping ACCTC accomplish these goals by offering powerful new tools and innovative solutions.

About InnoTech Alberta
InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, offers a diversified range of scientific, engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up.

Their multi-disciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre.

InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.

About Canada Makes

Canada Makes, a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative. CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada.


Canada Makes launches National 3D Challenge for Canada’s students

Canada Makes is launching its first Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenge for postsecondary students enrolled in a college or university in Canada. Students in Canada can change the World with a new idea that is 3D Printed and win cash prizes and a chance at one of two one-year paid internships!

Canada Makes 3D Challenge

The Challenge begins on November 22, 2017, and concludes on February 28, 2018, at midnight EST. 

The Chair for this years Challenge Farzad Rayegani, Dean, School of Applied Technology at Humber College offered this, “I have always been encouraged by the innovative solutions students come up with when encouraged. I know Canada’s students are up to the challenge and will create something special for Canada Makes 3D Challenge.”

“Canada Makes understands how imperative skills development is to our fast emerging additive manufacturing sector and skills development is exactly the goal of the Canada Makes 3D Challenge,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Additive Manufacturing offers plenty of opportunity for imaginative design solutions for a sustainable future, I look forward to seeing our students’ imagination at work.”

The adoption of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing requires new approaches to skills and training focused on building experiential and collaborative learning. To foster this objective, the Canada Makes 3D Challenge will challenge individuals or teams from universities and colleges to design a part and compete for a full one-year paid internship from Burloak Technologies as well as cash prizes.

Theme of the 3D Challenge: Design solutions for a sustainable future
Description: 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) is empowering new ways to re-think design and fabrication through innovative materials, optimized structures and enhanced functionality. There is currently a drive to think about how our society is changing in the wake of population growth and sustainability concerns.

Canada Makes invites student designers to participate in the 3D Design Competition with a focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

Such examples include and are not limited to:

  • Lightweight structures or new designs of automotive or aerospace components that reduce overall weight and fuel consumption
  • Innovative components that optimize fuel or energy consumption
  • Energy harvesting devices with innovative features
  • Multi-purpose objects that simplify everyday life and reduce waste
  • Wearable tools or objects that enhance mobility efficiency and reduce waste

The Challenge will have clear winning criteria and be judged on the merit of their application.

Submitted designs will be evaluated via simulation, and the top five designs will be selected for fabrication and testing based on the required criteria. The winning entries will best satisfy all of the performance criteria.

Phase I – Participants will submit a design based on the provided criteria. These designs will be analyzed and evaluated via simulation with the top finalists announced, recognized and awarded their prize of $1,000. Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018, at midnight EST.

Phase II – The top five finalists will have their design fabricated and tested, and will be invited to either make a live or video presentation and have a chance at more prizes including a chance at one of two one-year paid internships at Burloak.

Click here for more information and to register

Canada Makes has two interactive guides, the Metal Additive Process Guide & Metal Additive Design Guide, which are designed to assist in designing for metal additive manufacturing (AM), feel free to use it to inspire your design.

Contact: Frank Defalco

Promotional poster for Canada Makes 3D Challenge


Canada Makes Partners with the 8th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities

CME Canada Makes Partners with the 8th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities

Canada Makes is once again pleased to partner with the 8th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities taking place in Toronto on 10th and 11th April 2018!

Two days with over 25 speakers, 150+ attendees and 15 case studies – EduTech 2018 is something you don’t want to miss out on! This New Year comes with more information sessions than ever before, outside perspectives from US educators, new topics, and more. We look forward to seeing you at this innovative and thought provoking event.

Members SAVE 20% off the regular registration rate using this VIP code: CME20 

When: April 10th and 11th, 2018
Location: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, Toronto, ON
5875 Airport Rd.
Mississauga, ON, L4V 1N1

Take away 10 solutions to your challenges:

  1. AR/VR: Optimize immersive experiences for students
  2. Pedagogy: Ensure that technology enhances learning
  3. Analytics: Utilizing large data sets for teaching efficiency
  4. Future of Ed Tech: Decipher your future technology needs
  5. Data Security: Protect student privacy in the cloud era
  6. Global Digital Learning: Increase students’ global awareness
  7. Implementation: Optimize your available resources
  8. 3D Visualization: Innovate your presentation methods
  9. BYOD: Rolling out programs effectively
  10. Online Learning: Boost enrolment with distance options

 Download your free copy of the brochure to view the full agenda!

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Three easy ways to register:

  1. Register Online: CLICK HERE
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We look forward to seeing you at the event!

For all inquiries contact:
Sandra Doig
Phone: 416-944-9200 ext 200

Two major announcements highlight Canada Makes Forum

National 3D Challenge issued at Canada Makes Forum

How Additive Manufacturing is impacting the supply chain and industrial logistics of manufacturing was the main topic of Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain & Logistics Forum yesterday at the University of Waterloo.

Two special announcements highlighted the Canada Makes Forum. First, was Health Canada’s Kinga Michno, Policy Analyst, Regualtory Operations and Regions Branch Health Canada, announcement that Health Canada is exploring medical uses of 3D printed technologies.

This was followed by the Forum’s Medical AM Panel – AM challenges for a new medical supply chain moderated by Mihaela Vlasea and included panelists Francois Gingras of CRIQ, Matt Parkes from the Additive Design in Surgical Solutions Centre (ADEISS), and Martin Petrak of Precision ADM. The panel’s discussion included; what are the most popular applications in the medical field and their impact?  The challenges in manufacturing for the medical industry using additive manufacturing? And, how do we encourage new technology adoption…


Bob Little, President Altair Canada, started the day with the presentation: AM supply chain case studies – Automotive & Ground TransportationSuppliers to the automotive and off-road transportation industries have developed some innovative methods to leverage additive-manufacturing in the design and fabrication of vehicle components and Bob presented some very interesting case studies.


The afternoon’s session started with the second special announcement. Burloak Technologies’ Peter Adams offered some uplifting news for Canada’s AM sector and announced Canada Makes’ national 3D Challenge and  introduced the Chair of the Challenge,Farzad Rayegani.

The Challenge description: 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) is empowering newways to re-think design and fabrication through innovative materials, optimizedstructures and enhanced functionality. There is currently a drive to think about how oursociety is changing in the wake of population growth and sustainability concerns.

Canada Makes invites student designers to participate in the 3D Design Competition with a focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

This was followed by Burloak’s Brandon Bouwhuis presentation AM supply chain case study – To supply aerospace, it’s more than just the parts.

Next, was the Forum’s Materials Panel – AM changes the supply chain for advanced materials, this panel was moderated by McGill’s Mathieu Brochu with panelists, Martin Colon, Chief Scientist, Equispheres, David St-John, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Linamar Corporation and Vladimir Paserin, Scientific Director, Rio Tinto Metal Powders.

The session’s topics included, how metal AM is changing the way supply chains work and thrive in this new environment? Where does the Canadian metal powder supply industry fit in the global market place? And issues surrounding powder selection,as well as recent developments in metal powder production.

The afternoon ended with two very interesting presentations, Ian Klassen of Precision ADM Energy AM supply chain case study was followed by Anubis 3D’s Tharwat Fouad’s How I compete with China using AM. The presentation offered enlightening ways he uses additive manufacturing to compete with overseas rivals.

Canada Makes would once again like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Canada Makes Forum.  

Additive Manufacturing changing medical landscape

Winnipeg based Precision ADM was recently highlighted in an CTV news clip ‘3D printing changing medical landscape.’ The news piece offers a brief but very good summary on some of the additive manufacturing applications now happening in hospitals. Precision ADM, a Canada Makes partner,  was the first Canadian metal Additive and Subtractive manufacturing services company to receive ISO 13485:2016 Quality Management System certification.

Martin Petrak Precision ADM

Precision ADM President & CEO Martin Petrak. 

View the clip here


Canada Makes and TraCLight announce partnership at Formnext

During last week’s Formnext show in Frankfurt, Canada Makes, Canada’s additive manufacturing network, and TraCLight, the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting announced a new transatlantic partnership of cooperation. Both institutions share a common goal of supporting our industrial partners and through this understanding we will endeavour to help each accomplish this.

“We are very pleased by this new friendship we have forged with Germany’s TraCLight,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Working together proved to be a benefit to booth our members. Therefore building new international lines of communication will most certainly offer up more possibilities for future initiatives in both Canada and Germany.”

“Global challenges need global collaboration,” states Wolfgang Schwarz. “We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership and the development of joint visionary, transatlantic lightweighting projects.”

Wolfgang Schwarz, project manager TraCLight, and Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes formalizing partnership agreement at Formnext with the Canada Makes delegation at TraCLight member Trumpf.

Recently, TraCLight hosted a workshop at the University of Waterloo, “Additive Manufacturing: Ready for the Future? Innovative Solutions for Lightweight Design and Digital Manufacturing.” Canada Makes attended and promoted the workshop through its network. The day proved to be a valuable learning experience for the full house in attendance. Further TraCLight workshops in 2018 will be announced soon. Moreover TraCLight invites CanadaMakes members to join the “Technology Day Hybrid Lightweighting” in Germany in June 2018 which is organized by the Development Agency for Lightweighting Baden-Wuertemberg, the initiator of TraCLight.

With the recent introduction of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) International grassroots partnerships make good economic sense as they open channels of communication and bridge opportunity. Canada Makes and TraCLight know how imperative global trade is to prosperity; this is why we build international relationships.

Canada Makes just completed its third successful trade mission to Europe with its visit to Formnext.

About TraCLight – The transatlantic cluster for lightweighting
Since January 2017, the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting has been supporting the international expansion and networking of German and North American companies and research centers. The goal is to bring together technical know-how for the development of truly unique and innovative lightweighting products through collaborative R&D projects between Germany, the USA and Canada. More information on and

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes, a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative. Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada.


Canada Makes at Formnext

Dr. Bernhard Mueller shows a very interesting part printed on an EOS M400.

This week Canada Makes is leading a trade delegation at the Formnext show in Frankfurt Germany. Formnext is the leading trade fair for Additive Manufacturing (AM) and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. Formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing.

The first day of the show the Canada Makes delegation visited EOS and Fraunhofer booths and were introduced to some very interesting information, like the lattice structure Fraunhofer produced on their EOS W400.

The delegation will continue to meet with leading AM companies and meet with global leaders in additive manufacturing.

The opportunities Formnext offers was already obvious to the delegates after the first day, making this trade mission an excellent investment in time and money.

Canada Makes delegation at the Fraunhofer booth.


Canada Makes leads trade mission to Formnext Germany Nov.13 – 17

Canada MakesNext week, starting November 14th Canada Makes will be leading its third additive manufacturing (AM) trade mission since 2016. This time it is to Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany. Formnext is the leading trade fair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. Formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing.

Canada Makes’ trade mission to Formnext offers our delegates an unrivalled opportunity to learn about this rapidly expanding technology. Delegates meet, learn and build strong relationships during the mission. Past missions have highlighted the importance these relationships have in forging future partnerships and initiatives in building Canada’s AM sector.

Joining Canada Makes in Frankfurt Germany are Equispheres inc., CAMufacturing Solutions inc., Precision ADM, Linamar, Reko International Group Inc., NRC, CRIQ, Kilmarnock Enterprise, Plasai and Red River College.

Canada Makes would like to thank the following companies for agreeing to meet with our delegation.

Canada Makes Formnext Agenda


Nov. 14

11:00 – 12:00 EOS booth 3.1-G50

Nov. 14

14:30 – 15:30 Fraunhofer booth 3.0-F50

Nov. 15

11:00 – 12:00 Additive Industries

Hall 3.0, booth 3.0-F40


Nov. 15

14:30 – 16:00 Renishaw booth 3.1-E68

Nov. 15

13:00 – 14:30 TRUMPFT Booth 3.0-E50


 14:00 – 14:30 SLM Solutions Booth 3.0-E70


 15:00 – 15:30 Impact Innovations booth 3.0-A50


 15:00 – 15:30 BeAM booth 3.0-B40
Nov. 17 10:00 – 10:30 Formnext EOS booth 3.1-G50

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